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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The campaign Obama won was the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Obama also claimed Michigan and the state's 16 electoral votes on a day when voter turnout was high in the Mitten State.

Obama's performance in Michigan wasn't necessarily surprising, considering Michigan voted for Obama in 2008.

Romney, despite being a Michigan native, never could overcome Obama.

Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 05:57 AM
The parasites are winning. The host will soon die This country is in major trouble.
GTMills November 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Hey, Keith - I see you are in PR for the GOP. So, what's next? How are you going to change your message? Are you going to address it in a way that recognizes a globalized economy, that Hispanics and women feel the GOP doesn't address their needs, and with an understanding that empirical data is a better model of reality than folklore and conspiracy theories? That maybe a Pete Hoeksta-style Suzie Wong ad will bite you in the rear? That adults have their own personal values and they don't government dictating to them?
Erin November 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
They just called Florida, finally!! Final electoral tally: Obama: 332, Romney 206 Some provisionals still being counted throughout US - but Obama UP by 3 million votes. This is NOT close.
GTMills November 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Here's something I am genuinely perplexed about in the GOP's approach to values: if politicians can't manage the post office competently, how can politicians be competent guardians of a set of values? We each have subjective values, that we've reached through our personal experience and idiosyncratic impressions of the world. How can my values be protected by someone in Lansing or DC? They are internal and they are my responsibility to express. How can the GOP claim to defend any sort of values? That is the worst sort of collectivism imaginable.
Ferndale_1986 November 10, 2012 at 06:54 PM
@Sam123 What in the world is a "hater"? Answer: Anyone who disagrees with a liberal or a minority.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Because some folk believe that what ever the Republican/Tea Party says is gospel and they are the only ones that have morals.
Don November 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Republicans need to face the facts -- their party is getting smaller and more splintered, and as a result, has no platform, plan or uniform set of vales. The only thing Republicans could agree on over the last 4 years was to oppose everything the President tried to do, and criticize him for it. Did it work?
Angela November 11, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Only 2 TEA Party candidates lost, and I don't even consider West a true TEA Party candidate . He voted for spending bills that legitimate fiscal conservatives shunned. And on the bright side, about 8 new TEA Party members will be seated in the next session. So the best interests of the United States, which are small government, personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism, will be represented in even greater numbers.
Bull Kreger November 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
But isn't that the very argument against Obamacare? The Government can't run anything effiiciently (e.g., Post Office, Social Security). Now they have a massive role in your health care, which is 1/6 of our economy. Don't flame me, that's just a fact.
Greg Pawlica November 12, 2012 at 03:24 AM
If the American people can't accept the results of an election and work together to bring our country out of the worst recession since the 10-year long Great Depression, then how can we expect our elected officials to work together? Don't our elected officials take their direction from us?
GTMills November 12, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Bull Kreger -- You bring up talking points that are relevant to actual governance, stuff that people of goodwill can argue about. My point is that social conservatives often dismiss the efficacy of government UNLESS it's being used to police people's private life. Then the government is a wonderful and brilliant instrument of social engineering. Smacks of at best self-delusion, but more likely just bald cynicism and creepy paternalism.
Brad Jensen November 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The government can't run anything efficiently? Private industry can? So tell me how Enron (WorldCom, Bears and Stearn, Lehman Brothers, etc.) was a model of efficiency and the Jet Propulsion Lab is filled with incompetents? Every time I spend on hour or more on the phone with my expensive private insurance company trying to straighten out THEIR screw-up I am reminded of the efficiency and competence of private industry. Sorry, but there are inefficiencies and incompetence everywhere - not just in government.
Erin November 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Greg - Exactly right! Thank you! If the culture of entrenchment within the populice doesn't subside, it will be difficult for Congress to act like grown-ups and get the job done. Everyone who worked on hard fought campaigns on BOTH sides are wonderful, engaged citizens. We must harness that energy towards coming together and pressuring our legislators to fulfill the ONE mandate that came out of the election: The Mandate of Compromise. Folks, starting emailing, calling and/or writing letters to all your Rep's and Senators. WE the people must get behind this. It will force them to ACTION - they must realize INaction is not an option. The Do-Nothing Congress has done nearly nothing the last 2 years, and literally been off since mid-September!! Time for all of us to get back to work!
Neal Charness November 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
To all of us: We need to quit demonizing the other side and listen to each other. We're doing way too much of my way or the highway. I think a lot of this started with Lee Atwater, over 20 years ago, but he has passed on and it would be a good think for our country if we could work with each other and not demonize each other.
michelle November 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Wow, no one has tried to deny this yet? HAHAHA
michelle November 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Thanks Brad for explaining it that way (about Wall-E). It is true and to the point (I can get long winded myself). I just hope your words were not too big for frack to understand. hahaha Oh wait...I forgot. we are the lazy, fat idiots getting waited on and he must be in super shape, have a doctorate and work non-stop. He's perfect and anyone that isn't him or believes what he does are (see above). I love the generalizations people can make without any fact and use a Disney movie as his basis/reference. If you want to examine Disney, Thumper "If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all" (from Bambi). In Cinderella, you have the prince who marries a maid. Lion King you have the terrible uncle who rules by promoting his own interests at the sacrifice of the other animals and of the land and when Simba comes back he is friends with all types of animals, they work together to restore the balance (diversity, environmental protection...). Disney movies are so delightful. I'm sure I can find examples from all. Disney doesn't pick on the poor, the weak, and those that are down. They bring issues to light and have done more so as the years have gone by. Don't forget they even did an animated version of Robin Hood which I'm sure Frack would detest the most...
michelle November 12, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Thanks Brad for pointing that out. Chuck- you should be a politician. No (unlike Romney) you didn't specifically say "liberal" or "democrat" but you insinuated and reaffirmed it more closely in your response to me. I'm sure you think all blacks, women and hispanics are "voting strictly to continue living a life of leisure at the expense of hardworking Americans". This attitude is why your guy lost. They need to get off the pedestal and come back to reality and their fellow man.
GTMills November 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Brad has a point - A lot of corporations, especially the Too-Big-To-Fail variety, are NOT run efficiently and many are not run wisely, yet they manage to hang on. The idea that private enterprise is inherently somehow efficient has not spent much time looking at the guts of a Fortune 100 company. There are good and bad varieties of capitalism - just like any human endeavor, to Brad's point But government can do things that it wouldn't make a huge hunk of sense for a private enterprise to do... like taking on projects over a long haul, or investing in pure research.
michelle November 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Fair enough Chuck but it is the Republicans that make those generalizations...not the Democrats. Seems maybe we have more in common after all. I am not the one saying that certain people vote to continue their life of leisure and concluding it tends to be liberals. Just be careful in making generalizations. I hear from Republicans all the time that it is the minorities dragging this country down and it makes me sick. My step mom happens to be Hispanic and works her butt off. Most of the people I personally know on welfare are white people. So it really bothers me when I see a large group of Republicans make such generalizations. Just as they claim we have no morals, or are stupid for voting against them. I think we should all have the right to vote whatever way without being called names. I think it is the comments made the big mouths in the republican party insulting large groups of people that helped sink them this time.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Neal Charness...Very great statement. We are one country and need to put away the hatred, unfortunatley this comes from the politicians, but it is fueled by cable news 24 hours talking heads with their opinions. This has become worse because of super pacs and the supreme courts poor ruling campaign extremist that hide behind undisclosed groups.
ConcernedParent November 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
OHNO! EUROPE! MARXISTS! Yeah, right. Read a little, travel a little, and find out some more about the world before you make such absurd statements. There are problems in Europe as there are problems everywhere. But the hugely economically successful countries of Europe like Germany, Sweden, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland etc etc. have great standards of living, excellent education, and wonderful universal healthcare. Most are social democracies, which is NOT in any way equivalent to Marxism, and most individuals in those countries would consider their ability to influence government to be greater than most people here. The Marxists are not coming to get you. Obama is not a foreign Muslim. The President has, despite the most obstructionist Congress in history, managed to achieve an (albeit slow) economic turnaround after the worst recession since the Great Depression. The Dow Jones Index has doubled. Taxes are the lowest they have been in decades. Job creation has been positive for over 50 months. Corporate profits are higher than they have ever been. The USA is respected more around the world than it was 4 years ago. Four More Years and we should be on the way to reversing the damage of the Bush years.
ConcernedParent November 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
OHNO. The Marxists are making my children EAT VEGETABLES!
Erin November 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Just saw McConnell forecast more doom and gloom if we raise taxes on anyone. Not a dollar more from anyone? Really? That's not what Bill Kristol is saying now - singing a different tune. Even the Conservative opinion-makers are changing on revenues -
Jim Sparks November 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I usually avoid these comment sections because they tend to attract extremist wackos...and sure enough, here they are! The people screaming about all the dire consequences that are sure to befall us just because their guy lost are HILARIOUS. Not one of them is fact-based, and ALL of them are full of vitriol and name-calling. This seems typical of the ilk. I think they actually helped Obama win - people hear and read what these people are saying and decide not to side with ranting wackos. Thank you, ranting wackos... you've ensured 4 more years of moderate, responsible leadership - instead of iffy proposed policies and a candidate who tried hard to emulate a chameleon. You truly hate America...and want to change it to better reflect your hate for most everything it has stood for for the last couple centuries. Maybe you SHOULD move somewhere else...I'm available to help you pack...
B November 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Jim - Just curious(without trying to come off as a wacko to you), but you mentioned people have ensured 4 more years of "moderate, responsible leadership". Can you tell where the "moderate, responsible" part fits in with this President/Administration when under it's watch: Guantanamo is still not closed, Bush's Patriot Act extended, the NDAA has been imposed, drone strikes allowed in other countries that are continuing to kill innocent children, women and men, gun running at the border(Fast and Furious), proposed International ban on guns for all sovereign states/countries including the US....through the UN), still arming Al Qeada in the Libya and Syria, the Benghazi ordeal, continued groping and radiation of US citizens at airports by the TSA still allowed, increased police surveillance on civilians in the US, etc. Are these facts anywhere important to you, or anyone for that matter? If not, OK, your choice. I do agree with the President where he chose to nix DADT to show some sort of civility, and I'm not gay. In my opinion, Romney would've easily continued most of these same old bad policies and changed others, which is why I voted for neither. I hope I'm not going crazy, Jim.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Jim Sparks, very well said. The haters can pursue the birth certificate,religious records, etc...and follow Donald Trump and Sara Palin. Absolute luneacy!
Stephen Kiluk November 14, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Well stated Jim, I have been nauseated by many comments made here, the personal attacks, name-calling and silly remarks. Thanks for stating the case of the silent majority who agree with you Jim.
Brian Smith November 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
The economy was growing at less than 2% before the election. Since then, the market has declined an average of 1% per DAY since B.O. was elected and he is insisting on DE-stimulating the market more with crushing tax hikes. The target tax guys will not pay those taxes but will cut their businesses back (jobs) drastically to re-align themselves with the hostile environment. Fewer jobs means far less revenue and a crash beyond belief...as B.O. says, "it's just arithmetic." His agenda has nothing to do with increasing jobs...nothing...It is all about the drastic expansion of government control of everyone...ie. power. And it will be tragic.
Erin November 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Brian - wow, market volatility after an election? Gee, never heard of it. (snark) There's uncertainty over the fiscal cliff/curb, especially since they saw how willing the GOP was to drive full speed off the cliff in the 2011 debt debacle when they passed up a very good deal (from a Republican perspective) - the fallout of their stubborn obstruction was a credit downgrade. And there's the possibililty of another if they take their ball again and go home. (arms folded, foot stomping) CEO's don't have too much faith in GOP to come to their senses; that's why they came out the end of the White House meeting saying - a slight hike in upper level rates won't hurt, let's get this done and move on. "CEOs offer Obama support to avoid fiscal cliff" http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15171606-ceos-offer-obama-support-to-avoid-fiscal-cliff?lite Everyone else is ready to fix the debt and get onto more jobs. GOP? Still wailing about taking a whole 14 days to investigate an international incident (Benghazi). Gee, 10+ years, and still waiting to hear why Americans had to die in illegal war in Iraq. Also waiting for the GOP outrage that there's never been answers, and why Condi Rice said: "We don't want the Smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Answers and outrage, any day now, I'm sure. In the meantime, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Right??
The Duke of Royal Oak November 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Editor. It is time to close this article down. Its over and no need for cyber arguing about the democrats or republicans. We are one Nation, We are one Country, We are one People. Let us all pull together and work for the good of all. Our former presidents all unite and work together and support the current president, as I have read in the AARP magazine. Happy Thanksgiving to all. HRH The Duke of Royal Oak.

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